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Gemballa Mistrale - Click above for high-res image gallery

Seems like these days, Gemballa is best known for turning out customized versions of Porsche's last superdupercar, the Carrera GT. They call it the Mirage GT, and just to refresh your memory, Gemballa will sell you the Carbon edition, the Gold edition and, of course, the Matte edition. True, the Mirage GT comes complete with a bit more power than a "regular" Carrera GT, but some folks see the precious materials edition as something of a desecration. We're betting those same folks won't be nearly as upset about the upcoming Mistrale, a tuning package for the Porsche Panamera.

Besides what the body kit looks like, all we know for sure is that Mistrale is a cold wind that blows across France's Provence region, upsetting the normally idyllic weather. And while we're not going to go so far as to call the Panamera idyllic, it must be said that in person Porsche's four-seat grand touring butt kicker has a rarefied and purpose built presence that silences most critics. Especially the Turbo.

Regardless, Gemballa built some new body panels for the Mistrale, which we'll assume is based on the mighty Turbo, including an all new front clip with a carbon fiber lip and intakes plus extra vertical brake-cooling ducts. The hood has a couple of matching slashes in it (presumably to cool a more powerful motor), as does the rear bumper for even more brake cooling. The best looking body-mod has to be the exhaust pipes, which have all been moved up and inboard, giving the big sedan real supercar cachet. And of course, 22-inch wheels because why on earth not? These images are just computer renderings right now, but the Mistrale should be coming soon, and with it an even more powerful four-seat Porsche. What's not to like?

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it's an improvement.
      Still, something needs to be done with the bubble hatch.
      Maybe straighten the glass and give it a wing?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it a lot better than the stock version. In the side/back shot, http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/gemballa-mistrale/full/#4 , it's starting to get a little bit of porsche 928 flavor. Which, as far as I'm concerned is a good thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's exactly what I was thing as well.
        The standard panamera is not right, but this does bring some good retro something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its still a fkng ugly car...and its a large VW beetle anyway jajajaja
      • 6 Years Ago
      I apologize to the purists, but I really like this car. Anything that has four doors, a fastback hatch, and can dance like an overweight 911 gets my vote.
        • 6 Years Ago
        no need to apologize

        just be yourself

        that's what's really cool
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it's not to difficult to improve on the Panamera's bloated walrus profile, but this tuner special does give it some 928 cache...in particular, the aggressive front facia, side chrome delete, and rear full-width taillight reflector lens are all improvements.

      Almost worthy of the Porsche name.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not a fan of gembrella or the Pan-amara but this does look better then stock.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, congrats Gemballa, you've managed to make an ugly car look even uglier!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsches always look better in person that photos. I'm sure that is the case with this car too. I'm going to reserve judgement until i see one in the metal.

      That being said, the rear shot of this car looks pretty bad ass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was trying to convey above.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Surprise, surprise, it still looks like a turd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The black roof is cool,but nope, doesn't do it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I always hate Gemballa's modified cars, but this time I think that it's an improvement

      still ugly, but a bit better
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